The decision to enhance one’s breasts for either cosmetic or reconstructive purposes is an important one. Women have many options when it comes to breast augmentation including, size, shape, and material. There are pros and cons to both saline and silicone breast implants. It is important for the patient to be well educatedon the difference between the two because ultimately the choice is hers.
Both types of implants are composed of an outer silicone shell. Saline implants are filled with sterile salt water while silicone implants are filled with a silicone gel. Saline implants are inserted into the patient empty and then filled, thus minimizing the size of the incision. Silicone implants are inserted pre-filled, therefore the incision must be larger.
Many women feel that silicone implants more closely mimic real breast tissue in their look and feel; however, saline implants have made many strides since they were first introduced and are often the implant of choice.
The possibility of implant rupture must be taken into consideration as well. If a saline implant were to rupture it would be quite obvious. The breast would deflate over a period of a day or two and the saline solution would be absorbed by the body without any negative implications to the patient’s health. The silicone shell may then be surgically removed or replaced by a new implant.
A silicone implant rupture may go undetected for quite some time. This is known as a “silent” rupture. In the event of a silicone rupture the silicone most often gets trapped in the capsule. The capsule is a pocket within the breast which has formed around the implant itself. There may not be any apparent change to the breast in the event of a rupture; however, over time the breast may change shape. If a rupture is to occur, the implant and free silicone should be surgically removed. A silicone implant rupture can be detected by an MRI, which is recommended every two years for patients with silicone implants.
The patient’s body type, size of their natural breasts, size of their desired breasts, age, and many other factors will play a role in this decision. Listen to your doctor as they weigh the pros and cons of implant types, size, and shape. Together you will be able to select an implant that will be the perfect fit. Here at Vecchione Plastic Surgery we offer Natrelle Breast Implants. Natrelle offers over 100 shapes and sizes for you to choose from. Visit their website to learn more about your options.
Botox was once viewed as an extravagant and somewhat controversial procedure undergone only by the rich and famous, but it seems the tides have turned. Over time researchers have discovered that Botox has many more benefits than originally believed. Botox is comprised of a purified form of botulinum toxin A. This toxin works by blocking the chemical signals that cause muscles to contract, therefor relaxing and somewhat paralyzing the muscles at the site of injection.
This has proven to be incredibly effective in wrinkle reduction and prevention, especially when it comes to “dynamic” wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are those that appear while moving your face or making certain expressions, think frown lines, laugh lines, etc. When these muscles are weakened, so is the ability to make that specific expression and therefor that specific wrinkle. When administered by a seasoned professional Botox can diminish the appearance of wrinkles without making the patient look stiff or frozen which are the most common negative perceptions associated with Botox. Botox is also a popular treatment for the eyebrow area. Botox can help to liftthe brows giving the patient a more youthful appearance.
Furthermore, Botox is no longer solely used for anti-aging and cosmetic purposes. It has also proven quite affective for the treatment of migraines. When injected into the forehead, neck, and shoulders Botox can help to release tension, this relieves strain on the nervous system, thus reducing the frequency of migraines. In addition, Botox has become a popular treatment option for hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, can be both embarrassing and uncomfortable. Botox reduces the amount of sweat secreted from the glands near the injection site. As more research is conducted we discover more ways that Botox can be used to treat a variety of concerns. Contact us today to find out more about what Botox can do for you.
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It’s official… summer has ARRIVED! That means sunshine, BBQs, beaches, and for some… sunburns! Today the sun will reach its highest point in the sky at 10:04 pm PST. [This is the summer solstice and marks the official start of summer.] Summer is many peoples’ favorite time of the year, however, it is also the season when most aging happens. Summer weather, suntans and burns, humidity, salt water and chlorine can all wreak havoc on our skin. Summer is the perfect time to pay special attention to your skin care routine.
Make sure to keep your skin moisturized from both the inside and out. Drink plenty of water and use a quality moisturizer twice a day. We like Skin Medica’s Rejuvenative Moisturizer. It contains Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, a form of vitamin C which helps to fight free radicals and Hyaluronic Acid which is naturally found in the body and helps the skin retain moisture.
The most important part of your summer skin care routine is SPF! We love Skin Medica’s Daily Physical Defense SPF 30+. It is sheer, oil free, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic [<– this means it won’t clog your pores]! This product is perfect for everyday use and is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation. *Studies have shown that 78% of sun damage is incurred from incidental exposure, this means while walking to and from your car, running errands, and even while driving. This makes it extremely important to wear sun protection on a daily basis and reapply often. If you keep these key skin care tips in mind there is no reason not to get out, have fun, and enjoy the sun. Happy summer!
* This study was performed by the UCLA Skin Research Department
We are nearing our 40th anniversary here at Vecchione Plastic Surgery and felt it was the perfect time to launch a blog and connect with our patients in a whole new way. Not only will we provide you with information regarding both invasive and non-invasive procedures offered by our practice; we also aim to be a top resource for your general health and wellness concerns. Please check back often as we will be keeping you up to date on what is going on in our practice, the plastic surgery industry, and the world of health and beauty. We are here to answer your questions as we feel that patient education is one of the keys to success! We look forward to connecting with all of you!
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